Changing demographic, economic, social and political factors make it imperative to integrate limited English-speaking immigrants into our communities. Opportunities to learn English and contribute to society are key strategies for fostering integration. Through Project SHINE, our work focuses on helping immigrant elders prepare for citizenship, work, acquire health literacy skills, and engage in meaningful civic roles.
North Philadelphia, a competitive, but good-natured game of table tennis takes place. Two elderly Vietnamese gentlemen wail back and forth at the tiny ping-pong ball mercilessly, dodging behind and around the table with surprising speed. The shorter of the two gentlemen, wearing a pair of glasses and a beige baseball cap, seems to be winning the match.
Mobilizing college students from diverse disciplines and cultures to tutor older immigrants and refugees in basic English language skills, U.S. history, and civics needed to pass the naturalization exam.